Mountain-town hotel, Unusual winter breaks, Cuba tourism thrives

This used to be a village from the Middle Ages. Today, it’s one of the coolest places on earth. Enjoy these photos of a town deep in the countryside of Matera, Italy, perched on a hilltop. An abandoned town has been reconstructed as a luxury hotel bringing life to a dead town once again. Where […]

Roll with it, folks: Venice is not going to ban your suitcase

by Monica Cesarato Originally published in You may have heard the recent head-scratching news that rocked Venice’s tourism scene last week. According to reports that shot around the Web [last month], the city was (allegedly) set to impose fines on tourists who dared to roll through the streets with suitcases that feature hard plastic […]

Sunday musings: Italy no-nos, Two-ticket savings, Private MD-WV bridge

Today our first article to ponder is fun. It is a look at what not to do in Italy, a land of legendary excesses. We then look at how to save money by combining airline tickets on your own (or together with a travel agent) and some of the pitfalls of these money-saving maneuvers. Finally, the history of a remote privately-owned bridge connecting West Virginia and Maryland gives us pause — the crush of bureaucracy even in the remote hollows and rivers is amazing.